Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hurricane Irene Emgergency Shelters

Department of Human Service (DHS) – will reserve five (5) recreation centers for possible emergency shelters IF conditions warrant. The shelters are as follows:
  • Benning Stoddert Community Center
    100 Stoddert Place, SE
  • Southeast Tennis and Learning Center
    701 Mississippi Ave. SE
  • Emory Recreation Center
    5801 GA Ave. NW
  • Turkey Thicket Recreation Center
    1100 Michigan Ave. NE
  • Kennedy Recreation Center
    1401 7th Street NW

Mayor Vincent C. Gray Declares State of Emergency in the District of Columbia - Hurricane Irene

Mayor Vincent C. Gray Declares State of Emergency in the District of Columbia
Mayor Vincent C. Gray has declared a State of Emergency in the District of Columbia and is urging residents to take the necessary precautions to prepare for the effects of Hurricane Irene.

The storm is expected to bring heavy rain, flash floods, coastal and estuary flooding, high winds and the threat of tornadoes to the area. The city is getting ready for the impending storm and placing agencies on alert.

“While we cannot predict with certainty the path of the hurricane, residents must be ready,” said Mayor Gray. “That means residents need to have a plan that they can activate. If they do not have a plan, they can go to to learn what is needed. These storms can cause power outages that may last through several days. Residents should have an adequate supply of medications, infant formula, water, fresh batteries and other essentials.”

The District’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will begin operating around the clock at 6 am on Saturday, August 27. Interagency personnel will gather at the EOC, at the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency’s headquarters on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE, to monitor conditions and coordinate the District government’s response to the storm.

To follow emergency alerts on a real-time basis via, input #DCIrene into the search field to see all the participating District agencies responses and alerts.

Sandbags Available 8/27 at Noon
The Department of Public Works is assisting residents with preparing their homes to withstand flooding by distributing five sandbags per household beginning at noon, Saturday, August 27, at RFK Stadium, Lot 7. DPW staff will be on hand to direct residents to the distribution point. Distribution is on a first-come, first-served basis, and will continue until the supply is exhausted. Residents will be asked to show DC identification.

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) are working to ensure the safety of the traveling public from potential storm-related impacts.
WMATA is taking steps in advance to prevent service disruptions. Specifically:
  • Crews have placed more than 2,000 sandbags around the escalators at Metrorail stations that have a history of flooding issues.
  • All drainage pumping stations are being checked in advance of the storm and will be monitored throughout the weekend.
  • Plant maintenance staff is clearing drainage areas near stations and yards.
  • Additional support personnel have been scheduled to be on duty throughout the weekend to respond to any situations that may arise.
  • Chainsaws are being deployed in Metro motor vehicles for use in the event of downed trees.
“We’re putting all of our resources in place to address any issues that arise out of the extreme weather conditions this weekend,” said Metro General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles. “We will be updating our customers through our website, Twitter, email alerts and the media.”

Metro will provide service information throughout the storm online at and via Twitter@wmata. Metrorail customers may also sign up for Metro alerts via e-mail by visiting or tune to broadcast traffic reports for service information.
Given the probability of severe winds and the potential for flooding DDOT’s active construction, project worksites are being secured to prevent damage. DDOT has also directed permit holders working in public space to take measures to ensure their work zones are secured. All work in the right of way, with the exception of emergency repairs, will be suspended at the close of business today (Friday, August 26).
In addition:
  • Drainage ways in flood-prone areas are being cleared and actively monitored to prevent flooding issues.
  • Generators are being deployed city-wide to provide backup power for traffic signals.
  • The Urban Forestry Administration is proactively pruning trees along some critical roadways.
  • DDOT personnel and contractors will be on call throughout the weekend to clear downed trees and debris.
  • DDOT is coordinating emergency evacuation preparedness efforts with HSEMA, U.S. DOT, VDOT and MDOT and will continue to track the weather conditions through the weekend.
DDOT will be providing critical traffic-related and emergency information on a real time basis via Residents are strongly urged to avoid traveling during the storm if possible. High winds could topple trees and pose a hazard to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

If weather conditions become unsafe, transit services may be impacted or suspended during the storm. For updates please use the following resources:

Metrorail and Metrobus: and
DC Circulator: and
Capital Bikeshare:, and

DC Water
DC Water facilities are equipped to withstand weather-related events, and water service interruptions are not anticipated during the hurricane. This includes during power outages. In an effort to minimize water damage, DC Water has checked and cleared storm drains in all areas at risk for flooding.

DC Water crews will be stationed throughout the District to monitor hurricane impacts and respond to emergencies. The 24-Hour Command Center will operate in a location with backup power and available for emergency response. The Washington Aqueduct, responsible for treating District drinking water, is working closely with DC Water to monitor water treatment plants and the distribution system.

DC Water encourages residents to prepare for Hurricane Irene:
  • Collect cold tap water for storage – one gallon per person (or pet) per day. Store water in a cool environment. Bottled water is unnecessary and most stores are sold out after so many people paid more than a $1 per gallon. Turn on the tap – it’s a penny per gallon.
  • Consider freezing a few jugs, and place these in the fridge during a power outage to keep food cold.
  • Minimize flooding risks – clear gutters and downspouts.
  • Store unscented liquid household chlorine bleach to disinfect water if service is interrupted and for general cleaning and sanitizing.
  • Help DC Water after the storm - safely remove debris blocking storm drains or call 202- 612-3400 for major blockage.
Residents should report water emergencies and flooding to the 24-Hour Command Center at 202-612-3400.

For more information, visit or contact DC Water Customer Service at 202-354-3600 and the 24-Hour Command Center at 202-612-3400.

Citizens are asked to call 311 to report any downed trees or branches in the public space and to provide as much detail as possible

Emergency Information Resources:
Emergency preparedness information is available at and at HSEMA Hurricane Fact Sheet*. Members of the public are also encouraged to sign up to receive updates on severe weather, traffic and incidents via email and/or text message from ALERT DC at Residents can also monitor cable Channel 16 in the District for storm updates.

Detailed information about traffic evacuation routes and transportation tips for an emergency incident are available online at

Residents should report water emergencies and flooding to the 24-Hour Command Center at 202-612-3400.

For more information, visit

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

DC Residents Day - Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication Viewing - 08/23/2011

DC Host Committee for the 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication

D.C. Residents to Get Early Look at New Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial
No Tickets Required for Early Viewing

Residents of the District of Columbia will have an opportunity to view the new Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial on August 23, 2011.  Several hundred thousand visitors from around the world are expected to visit the District for a series of events leading up to the official dedication ceremony on Sunday, August 28. 
To allow DC residents access to the memorial, no tickets will be required for the early viewing.

Organizers are encouraging visitors to be in line before 9:00 PM to be able to view the memorial before it closes at 10:00 PM.  The queue line will begin forming at 23rd Street and Independence Ave SW.

WHAT: “DC Residents Day” Early Viewing for Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Dedication

WHERE:   Tidal Basin.  Line for the public forms at 23rd and Independence St. SW,Washington DC

WHEN:  The Memorial will be open from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Serve DC - Free CPR/AED Training Emergency Training Aug 20th 441 4th ST NW (Judiciary Square)

This is just a reminder. As you all may know there are a number of trainings coming up for the remainder of this month. Below is a list of all the upcoming trainings and the link to register for them.
August 20, 2011 – CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (9:00am to 5:00pm)
August 23, 2011 – Managing Spontaneous Volunteers in the Time of a Disaster (6:00pm to 9:00pm)
August 27, 2011 – Remote First Aid (9:00am to 5:00pm)
August 28, 2011 – Remote First Aid (9:00am to 5:00pm)
Each of these trainings will be held at 441 4th Street NW Washington, DC 20001. If you are interested in taking either one of these classes please use the link to register online or e-mail me back with your name and confirm that you will be attending. You are free to bring 1 to 2 guests with you. If you are planning to do so then please leave your guests name when you leave your name if you plan on e-mailing me back.
Thank you for your time.
Ashley Divers
Serve DC - The Mayor's Office of Volunteerism
Emergency Preparedness Summer Intern
2000 14th Street NW
Suite 101
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 727-8298

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

SMD 5C10 Meeting - Aug 10th at 7pm 721 Lawrence St NE

Single Member District 5C10 Meeting Announcement

Join the neighbors of Single Member District 5C10 for our quarterly meeting. 

Date:  Wednesday, Aug 10th
721 Lawrence St NE
, De Sales Hall, De Sales Library
Time:  7 – 8 pm

Invited guest include Jonathan Dorrough of MPD 5D, Mike Henehan of Bozzuto Construction and representatives from Catholic University.

Agenda Topics Include

-          Crime and Safety
-          Emergency Planning
-          New Construction (CUA South Campus)
-          Pet Waste Receptacle
-          Catholic University 2012 Campus Plan Community Workshops

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

ANC 5C10 Single Member District Meeting - Aug 10th 2011

SMD 5C10 will be hosting a Single Member District meeting on Aug 10th, 2011 at 721 Lawerence St NW (De Sales Hall, De Sales Library).

Special Guest will include representative from MPD, Bozzuto and Catholic University.

Will post agenda soon.

ANC5C Special Public Meeting - Thursday, Aug 4th at 7pm at First New Hope Baptist Church 1818 3rd Street NW

Agenda for ANC 5C Special Public Meeting for Aug 4th 2011

Government of the District of Columbia
PO Box 26183 . Washington, DC 20001 .
Thursday, August 4, 2011
7:00pm -9:00pm
First New Hope Baptist Church
1818 3rd Street NW
Notice & Agenda
This is to provide notice that ANC 5C will hold a Special Emergency Meeting on
Thursday, August 4, 2011. The following items will be discussed:
3rd Quarter Financial Report
o Status of Documents\Submission
Consider Emergency Funding Request –
o Stronghold Civic Association – August 6, 2011 Event
 Consider Request for ABRA/Stipulated Liquor License…….Firehouse
Grant Applications -The following groups have submitted applications for consideration:
Friends of Edgewood Rec (Michael Henderson)
Amateur Kickboxing Federation ( Michelle Hamond)
Edgewood Farmers Market
Perry School
“R” Street Bike Lines………………………………………………………
CUA South Campus Tree Planting Plan……………………….……….
PRE - EXECUTIVE MEETING – Starting at 6:00 P.M.